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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Outsiders: Folk and Self-Taught Artists in America

Instructor(s): Nancy Thebaut, Art History

An interdisciplinary study of the visual art and lives of self-taught artists in America between roughly 1750 to the present day. Questions of gender, race, and disability will come to the fore as we consider those artists whose work has so often been maligned or dismissed, whether 19th-c. women who made embroidered samplers, Black southern artists who came to epitomize ideas of American folk art at mid-century, or neuro-diverse artists like Martín Ramírez who made art while institutionalized. Students will read scholarship by art historians, historians, and sociologists.  The course will also include visits to the Tang Museum, select guest speakers, and two ‘making’ sessions, during which students will be able to create works similar to those they are studying.

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